The Outsiders pdf Summary Reviews by S.E. Hinton 

The Outsiders pdf Book is an international bestseller and inspiration book which tells heroic story of friendship and belonging.

The Outsiders Summary

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

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About S.E. Hinton  Author of The Outsiders pdf Book

S. E. Hinton
S. E. Hinton

Susan Eloise Hinton author of the outsiders pdf book has her career as an author began while she was still a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the divisions among her schoolmates into two groups–the Greasers and the Socs–Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the point of view of an orphaned 14-year-old Greaser named Ponyboy Curtis. Since her narrator was male, it was decided that Hinton use only her first initials so as not to put off boys who would not normally read books written by women. The Outsiders was published during Hinton’s freshman year at the University of Tulsa, and was an immediate sensation.Today, with more than eight million copies in print, the book is the best-selling young adult novel of all time, and one of the most hauntingly powerful views into the thoughts and feelings of teenagers. The book was also made into a film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring such future stars as Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise.Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as “The Voice of the Youth” among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted in a three year long writer’s block.Her boyfriend (and now, her husband), who had gotten sick of her being depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. This eventually led to That Was Then, This Is Now.In the years since, Ms. Hinton has married and now has a teenaged son, Nick. She continues to write, with such smash successes as That Was Then, This Is Now, Rumble Fish and Tex, almost as well known as The Outsiders. She still lives in Tulsa with her husband and son, where she enjoys writing, riding horses, and taking courses at the university.In a wonderful tribute to Hinton’s distinguished 30-year writing career, the American Library Association and School Library Journal bestowed upon her their first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors whose “book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young people as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives.”

The Outsider Pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

The Outsider pdf
The Outsiders pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking Books for Young Readers; Platinum ed. edition (April 20, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 014240733X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0142407332
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12+ years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 750L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 – 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.44 x 0.62 x 8.13 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #36 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1 in Teen & Young Adult Siblings Fiction
  • #1 in Teen & Young Adult Social Issues
  • #1 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Social & Family Violence (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars    29,904 ratings

The Outsiders Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars I don’t understand why people think this book is violent
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2022

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I read this book 2 times and is currently reading again not because it’s for school, but also because I’m really enjoying the book. I don’t get what is violent about this book and I think the person who rated this book as “Horrible and Violent book” does not really understand the book.

1. The reason why the story tells a boy(Johnny) getting abused by his father is to tell the readers that Johhny would never know what the love and affection are without his buddies.

2. The boy(Ponyboy) was getting drowned by the “Socs(Socials)” because Ponyboy and Johnny was a “Greaser(Hoods)” meaning they were like Criminals(junivile delinquents) and that’s how people look at Greasers, while people like Socs because they have clean hair wearing madras shirts and riding corvairs and stuff.

3. Ponyboy mentioned “Electric chair” because an incident happened and he was terrified that they’ll get a bigger consequences than Socs because they’re Greasers. Johnny killed a Soc with a switchblade because Ponyboy was getting drowned by a Soc and Bob(one of the Socs) scared Johnny to kill him. Johnny also killed Bob because he’s the one who nearly beat him to death and left him at the lot(flashback).

4. Johnny and Ponyboy hurried and left the scene, and went to find Dally(one of their buddies). He was in a party and when Dally told them that he was sleeping in a bed, he also mentioned that he was actually(literally) sleeping, doing nothing else.

5. Sodapop(Ponyboy’s older brother) had a girlfriend named Sandy, and he wanted to marry her but she left him because he was a Greaser and didn’t even graduate highschool. Not because she was pregnant. Sodapop really liked her but she didn’t realize that his feelings were true.

6. A girl named Cherry was also a Soc, and got in the car with other Socs not guys. She got in a car because one of them was her boyfriend and she couldn’t stand fights(The Socs called Greasers in a mean way and Ponyboy’s buddy Two-Bit held his switchblade and gave Ponyboy a busted glass bottle). You also can realize that even though Cherry is a Soc, she isn’t mean to Greasers like other Socs.

7. When Ponyboy and Johnny met Dally and told him what happened, he told them there was a old Church at Windrixvile and that they can stay there while things are settled up. The church one day caught on fire and Ponyboy and Johnny tried to save the kids. Ponyboy was able to get out of the burning church but Johnny passed out before he got out of the church.

Ponyboy was fine, One of Dally’s arm got little burned but he was okay, Johnny’s back was broken and he had a bad burn and eventually died.

8. When Dally heard that Johnny died, he couldn’t take it because he loved Johnny so much(like a brother) and broke in a store and got shot by the cops because that’s what he wanted.

9. Also Johnny once said to Ponyboy that he wants to kill himself but while he was in a hospital dying, he told Ponyboy that he doesn’t want to die anymore. Johnny thought dying at age of 16 is not enough and wanted to learn more things in his life.

It’s an awesome book if you know the meanings of the popular quotes such as “Stay gold ponyboy, stay gold” meaning good things also has an end to it(I think) and it’s also helpful to review the poem “Nothing gold can stay” by Robert Frost.


4.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant today.
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2022

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This book came out when I was in high school (1967). I know I was aware of it; one of my teachers had mentioned it. She might even have mentioned it was written by a teenager, which would have made it all the more interesting to me. I don’t know why I never read it until now.

The Outsiders has the reputation of being the first book for young adults that addressed issues. Hinton said she wrote it because she “desperately wanted to read something that dealt realistically with teen-age life.”

I read some reviews of The Outsiders written by modern teenagers who thought this book was hokey. As someone who is Hinton’s contemporary, someone who was in the book’s target audience, I did not find it hokey at all. I was dating a “greaser” at the time it was written, but he was a greaser in style of dress only. He was not a hood, not in a gang that participated in rumbles. He came from a working-class family, as did I. I had been groomed for college all my life; he had not. He experienced discrimination at my school. A teacher had told me he was beneath me. I didn’t care; he paid attention to me.

The main character in the story, Ponyboy, is the youngest of three brothers whose parents have died. The oldest, Darry, is 20, and he works instead of going to college so he can take care of all of them. They are greasers by default; if you’re affluent, you’re a “soc.” It’s important that none of them get into trouble, because if they do, they will likely be sent to foster homes. They belong to a gang, because all the kids do, either a greaser gang or a soc gang.

The gangs fight. It’s often the soc gangs who start it. They come across a greaser on his own and beat him up. This has happened to all of them over time. Once, when Ponyboy and his friend Johnny are hanging out together, they get targeted by a soc gang with disastrous results.

I think The Outsiders still has relevance today. My sons recently told me about all their friends and acquaintances from high school who have died violent deaths, several of whom were killed by police while high or drunk or running away from the scene of a crime. It broke my heart.

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